Dear Sun Spots: Recently, you featured a back-page article about a calendar which was inspired by the movie Calendar Girls. This would make a tasteful, yet humorous gift. By chance might you still have the address/price to order one? – A Livermore Falls reader.

Answer: Sun Spots believes you are referring to the wildly successful McLaughlin Gardens nearly nude calendar for 2003 featured in reporter Gail Geraghty’s story Aug. 21. Its success prompted the foundation to release its new 2005 calendar, Altogether for the Garden Too. It features black-and-white images of 12 new male and female models in “tastefully revealing photographs” by Skip Churchill. Proceeds will be used to make needed repairs on the farmhouse and meet general operating expenses.

People may order a calendar by sending $19.50, which includes shipping and handling, to the McLaughlin Foundation Calendar, P.O. Box 305, South Paris, ME 04281-0305, or they may order online at People may also order by phone at (207) 928-2298. Maine residents must add 80 cents for sales tax.

Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for your column and the assistance you give the members of this community. I am a home-schooling mother of three children ages 5, 6 and 7. My family currently lives in Lewiston, and I am interested in starting a home-school support group in my home with parents who have children similar in age. If anyone is interested, please contact me at (207) 783-0069. Thank you and God bless. – Kim, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: Do you have any idea how I could get a picture of Donovan Patton from “Blue’s Clues”? My 2-year-old granddaughter is head over heels for Joe. Thanks. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots would encourage you to contact: Donovan Patton c/o Nickelodeon 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 or visit the contact page:

In addition, you might be interested in the “Blue’s Clues Live” program being held Oct. 9 and 10 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Contact Merrill Auditorium box office and PortTix by calling 842-0800 or go online at for more information.

Dear Sun Spots: I am writing to inquire if there are any ceramics classes in the Lewiston, Lisbon or Brunswick area? Thanks for any info you can provide. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, you might want to check out the following link to Portland Pottery (, which offers several options. You can reach them at 118 Washington Ave., Portland, ME 04104, 1-800-539-4301.

Dear Sun Spots: First, I want to say I enjoy your column every day. Thank you.

You have helped so many people. I hope you or your readers can help. I’m a grandmother who has taken lots of home movies when our four children were little. I would like to preserve them for our grandchildren to see. I’m in the process of transferring them to videos. My problems is that my super 8 projector bulb died when I was halfway done. It would cost me $72 to replace. I can’t afford that when I know after three or four hours of use, I will no longer need it. If a reader has one that they no longer use, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much for your time. – No Name, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: To D.A. from Durham: I have a folding table that measures 24-by-60 to sell if you are interested. Please call me at (207) 782-0960. – S. Plourde, No Town.

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